Money Today Archive April 16, 2009 Issue
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Edition: April 16, 2009

Cover Story

In low gear!

A Money Today survey reveals that the under-35 age group is not afraid of losing jobs and has reduced expenses. But some are still taking risks.
  • Innovating to stay ahead Young entrepreneurs are facing their first major crisis: scarce capital, runaway clients and rejected products. It is possible to deal with such situations by seeking out-of-the-box solutions.
  • Finding the correct balance Struck by the slowdown, those in the 25-35-year age group have shown surprising resilience. These children of good times have restrategised their finances so well that all investors can learn from them.
  • Onus is on the parents Nobody is teaching anything about money. While schools teach our children the three 'R's, they don't do much to help them develop basic financial skills.
  • A financial cause for the rebel Many teenagers are notorious for going against the rules and for wanton spending of hard-earned money. Here's how you can inculcate money skills and instil financial discipline at this difficult age.
  • Secure your kids' future If you want to protect your progeny from financial vagaries, you need to start planning early. Find out the best way to safeguard your kids' tomorrow.
In this MT Issue
Namrata Dadwal
Instead of fretting over a faulty product or flawed service, redress your grievance by adopting the right approach at the appropriate forum. We tell you how.
Mutual Fund
Sameer Bhardwaj
Before you buy a mutual fund, it is important to know the types of funds available in the market, their investment objectives and whether they match your financial goals.
  • Sure footed Franklin Templeton was the first in India to offer open-ended funds in 1993, when it was called Kothari Pioneer.
Tax
You can claim benefit of savings made under Section 80C provided the savings were made before March 31.
Technology
Have you been looking for better Windows alternatives like an affordable editor or a feature-rich browser? In the final part of the free software series, we present a list of Internet-based options that are sure to suit your needs.
Stocks
R. Sree Ram
Both professionally managed family businesses and MNC subsidiaries make for good stock picks, not only because they weather the downturns better but also because they offer long-term investors a chance to create wealth.
  • A profitable beginning Within a fortnight of reconstructing Safe Wealth, the portfolio has delivered positive returns. Now, Dipen Sheth is focusing on choosing stocks for Wealth Zoom.
Insurance
Defaulting on the premium of an insurance policy can result in a lapse. Here's what women should consider before reviving or surrendering it in favour of a new one.
Portfolio Doctor
Kamya Jaiswal
Lack of financial expertise has proved expensive for Surat-based Roy as his corpus is meagre and his goals are approaching fast. The only way out is to invest — a lot.
Books
Sushmita Choudhury
While the book raises fears about the future, it offers tips on prospering during bad times.
Query Corner
Pankaj Singhal is unsure about how much he should invest in each asset class. Here we explain the rationale behind investing.
Insight
Here's an insight into the rupee's performance to help you take decisions on travel and overseas investments.
Editors Note
Those above 35 years, who took exceptional risks and became overexposed to equities, should be ruthless in exiting dud stocks and funds.
Talk Back
Severance packages are more common in other countries, but most multinational corporations in India also offer one.
Upfront
Rakesh Rai and Sushmita Choudhury
When it comes to affordability - whether you are waiting for prices to come down or take a home loan, or even if you are repaying one - this year is turning out to be better than the previous one.
My Idea
Namrata Dadwal
Passion for music and the need to find an outlet for their creativity led five youngsters to set up TempoStand, an online forum that promotes and showcases Indian music talent.

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